Rock Gardens forum: Need Help finding info

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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 24, 2014 12:23 PM CST
I have saved up a good bit of styrofoam packing and had seen how to make large Boulder Rocks out of styrofoam and cannot find the site.

It was a good youtube instruction. Anybody know of a good youtube that shows how to make large boulders out of styrofoam?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Sep 24, 2014 2:10 PM CST
It should be a simple process, the same as when we make styrofoam troughs that need to weather outside the entire year for many years:

1. Shape your styroboulder
2. Use a heat gun to melt and fuse the styrofoam "balls" together and make the surface firm and paintable.
3. Paint as desired with a weather durable paint. Use a flat sheen, as opposed to glossy.

Some ideas:
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Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Sep 28, 2014 1:47 PM CST
Thank you. Did you put some type of concrete or use another medium for the gritty stone look?
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Sep 28, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Nothing is added. The styrofoam is "carved" with knife, cement trowel, wire brush or whatever you like. I prefer a corner paint scraper, and a wire brush for final surfacing. I usually try to accentuate the depressions by blending darker colors in them. You will find that the heat gun will also create interesting textures. You might want to practice on a plain styrofoam piece first.
Name: laura white
2159 Fleming Way Richmond, VA (Zone 1a)
Gorgeous!!
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laurawhite
May 13, 2015 2:02 AM CST
Nice photo. I really like how it looks. I am interested on doing like that and its really cute anyways. Thank you for sharing.

Cidsongs
Jun 2, 2015 6:44 PM CST
I wanted to bring up as well that styrophone can be grated or crumbled up and used and added to make puorous soil like perlite
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Nov 11, 2015 9:14 AM CST
We get interesting animal statues made from some sort of foam then painted over. They don't last too long out of doors. Wouldn't the foam break down even if painted?
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Nov 17, 2015 1:06 AM CST
Mary I do not know what kind of foam the statues are made of but....if something is real styrofoam this stuff will not break down for a million year.

Maybe it is the vegetable based degradable foam. That is suppose to dissolve if it gets wet.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Nov 17, 2015 10:48 AM CST
@cinta I didn't know there were different kinds. I will goggle around and see what I can find. Thanks
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Phenolic
Nov 20, 2015 7:31 PM CST
Cinta said:Mary I do not know what kind of foam the statues are made of but....if something is real styrofoam this stuff will not break down for a million year.

Maybe it is the vegetable based degradable foam. That is suppose to dissolve if it gets wet.


The "biodegradable" packing foam/foam peanuts are just extruded corn starch puffs. They're basically Cheetos without the "cheese" dust.

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